New York, NY (Sports Network) - New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez
reportedly could need season-ending surgery for his throwing shoulder.
Sanchez injured his shoulder during the fourth quarter of the Jets' third
preseason game against the Giants while playing with reserve offensive linemen
and visited with noted sports surgeon Dr. James Andrews this week for a second
ESPN.com and NFL.com have each reported that Sanchez has a torn labrum and
surgery is a possibility. The New York Daily News said Sanchez plans to
continue rehabbing the injury before making a decision on surgery.
Sanchez is in his fifth season with the Jets, who selected the USC product
with the fifth overall pick of the 2009 draft. He helped New York to the AFC
Championship Game in each of his first two seasons, but has struggled since.
In 15 games last season, Sanchez threw for 2,883 yards with 13 touchdowns and
18 interceptions. He was sacked 34 times and lost eight fumbles.
The Jets selected Geno Smith in the second round of this past April's draft
and the West Virginia product was named the starting quarterback before the
season opener, in part because of Sanchez's injury.
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